WGBY Connecting Point Production Assistant - Fellowship Positions(PAID), WGBY, Springfield MA

WGBY (wgby.org) is a community-supported public broadcasting organization connecting the people of western New England to events, ideas, and each other through national PBS programming and locally produced content. With four digital television channels, video on demand, podcasting, and streaming video, WGBY is one of the region’s most accessible community institutions. WGBY is available over the air on digital channel 57-1 and on cable throughout western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut and can be seen in high definition in western Massachusetts at Comcast 857, Time Warner 1807, Charter 782, and over the air on channel 57.

The WGBY series, Connecting Point, is a half-hour, magazine-style program focusing on the stories of the western New England community: its people, its ideas, and its public affairs. Connecting Point serves not only the region’s public television viewing audience, but also its online and multimedia content consumers as well. Connecting Point and its The State We’re In segments are available online at wgby.org/connectingpoint or on WGBY’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/wgby). Social media users can engage with Connecting Point content using the Facebook and Twitter hashtag #CPonWGBY.

WGBY’s local, high-energy, fast-paced news magazine series Connecting Point seeks motivated individuals to help inform, educate and enlighten our million plus television households on both the news of the day and the news in historical context through in-depth, high quality television and digital journalism, reflecting the diverse voices in the community.
This is an opportunity designed for college students who are interested in gaining professional experience in journalism, broadcasting or production.

What are the duties?
Assignments vary day-to-day and duties vary in each department. PA’s can expect to apply fundamental news-gathering skills, find, confirm, and report news stories, book and greet guests, log footage, coordinate scripts, research stories, conduct preliminary interviews, assist production during shoots, select footage, perform light clerical duties, assist producers and talent and provide digital and social media support.

What are the requirements?
Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible. Students majoring in journalism, broadcasting or communications are preferred; other majors will be considered. Participants must have a passion for news, excellent written and verbal communication abilities and a comprehensive knowledge of current events. A 3.0 GPA or above is recommended. Students must be able to meet the minimum time commitment: full-time during the summer; at least 20 hours a week in fall/spring. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Word and Excel experience a must. Video editing experience is preferred but not mandatory.

Is this a paid position?
Yes, each Production Assistant will receive $12.00 per hour. College credit will depend on the college/university. Students are solely responsible for coordinating and meeting the credit requirements of their college/university.

LOCATION: Springfield, MA

APPLICATION DUE DATE: The number of positions varies for each semester:
Fall | Semester applications open: June 1-Aug 3
Spring | Semester applications open: October 1-October 31
Summer | Semester applications open: March 23-April 30

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three relevant writing samples to:
Tony Dunne
Executive Producer, Connecting Point
44 Hampden St.
Springfield, MA 01103